Day 5Avenue of Volcanoes - Cotopaxi - Baños - Riobamba
The central sierra of Ecuador is known as The Avenue of the Volcanoes (325 km), a necklace of snow-cones like a jeweled crown. Chimborazo, Antisana Cayambe, Tungurahua and Cotopaxi to name perhaps the most emblematic are all highly prized mountain-climbing destinations that rise well over 16,000 feet (5000m) above sea level and give the overall Andean landscape, from large cities to small towns, a character of unsurpassable splendor.
People wear bright ponchos and typical hats; they preserve their ancient harvesting traditions and keep a close bond with their animals. In Ecuador, close encounters with indigenous communities who maintain their own language, traditions, and beliefs are easy to come by.
31 miles (50 km.) south of Quito. The Cotopaxi National Park is located at 5897 meters above sea level, and rises majestically above the Andean mountains as Ecuador´s highest active volcano. The Park is surrounded by haciendas and trails that provide the opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and trekking activities. Inside the Park, visit the crystaline Limpiopungo Lagoon, home to Andean Gulls, wild rabbits, llamas and horses. About 95 miles (153 km.) south of Quito. Located in the middle of a mountainous region, Baños is well known for its natural hot springs. The lovely scenery is the areas other main attraction, offering good hiking trails, horseback riding, canopying, and mountain biking, and more. From here you can see the Tungurahua volcano 16479 ft. (5023 mts.) during its eruptive process. There are also more than 60 waterfalls, including among the most impressive: Pailón del Diablo, Manto de la Novia, Cabellera de la Virgen, Inés María.
At 102 miles (165 km.) from Quito, Riobamba possesses unique a natural and architectural beauty. Located in the foothills of Chimborazo volcano, the city showcases many twentieth century architectural gems.
Overnight in Riobamba.